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“BRING EAR PLUGS” 3 of 5 stars
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The Dolphin Hotel
Fore Street, Beer, Seaton EX12 3EQ, England   |  
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“BRING EAR PLUGS”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

While this might be the only decent hotel in Beer, butit sure has a high noise exposure. We were there on Saturday and Sunday nights and we had a room in the rear above the bar. There was yelling, loud music, rough behavior (couples arguing) into the wee hours on early Sunday morning and on Monday morning it was the sound of loud garbage collectors. To top this, the 4:00 AM screeching of sea gulls was enough to make you scream. The food in the restaurant was good and our room was spotless. But you need to being ear plugs to escape the horrid noise.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

Booked in for a Saturday and Sunday night - left at 0130 on the Sunday morning because of the continued noise and swearing from the Long Bar. On the plus side the food was good value and very tasty. Will stay in Beer again. but definitely not at the Dolphin Inn.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Stayed here for one night at the end of our two week break and have to say it was a lovely end to the holiday.

We booked on the previous day and were lucky to get in, as they were quite busy. Very helpful on the reception area and explained what the parking system was - basically on checking in they give you a slip to put on your dashboard with your room number on it.

The room itself was excellent, if a touch warm (then again it WAS summer!). Nice view of the street out the window which had lovely flowers in a window box on it. The shower room was excellent if a touch small. All spotlessly clean though.

Breakfast in the morning was its one failing - very nice as it was, there just didn't seem that much of it!

The free wifi available was very good - got loads of photo's uploaded in a speedy time.

Beer itself is a very nice little village, not too touristy and not too quiet either. We went into three pubs there and didn't have a problem with any of them. We ate at the Dolphin itself and was impressed with the quality of the food we had - reasonable price as well.

Would recommend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dolphinhotelbeer, Front Office Manager at The Dolphin Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2011
Thank you for a lovely HONEST review, we're glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. A tip for next time is to ask for 2nds at breakfast, we're pleased to oblige! Hope to accommodate you again. Reception
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011 via mobile

Good value good food good staff bar average would go back tomorow

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

I read some of the reviews on Monday before we left for our much looked forward to New Year break, and I was slightly concerned!
The hotel decor is slightly dated, but very clean.
We stayed in a 'dog friendly' room, but can report that it did not smell of dog, and the only reason we knew it was dog friendly was the sign requesting that guests do not allow dogs on the bed. The room was clean, very spacious, and considering the time of year, very warm! (a bit too warm some nights, but that could have been due to the amount of food and drink consumed!) Tea and coffee making facilities were in the room A nice digital TV (though not particularly bothered about TVs!) was in the corner, so on Saturday night after a long day walking and drinking it was nice to lie in bed and watch MOTD!!!
The en-suite was bath only, but it was very welcome after tackling the walks! Again, the bathroom was spotlessly clean.
The staff were friendly and helpful, especially Sharon who welcomed us on Thursday, and took time to explain the layout of the hotel, pointing out the differences in the bars and showing us where we would be having breakfast and meal the following day.
It is was slightly overpriced, but bear in mind the owners probably have to pay their staff double time or more to ensure that rooms are cleaned and meals served at a time of the year when most people want to spend time with family and friends. Even on New Years Day the waitress who served us dinner on New Years Eve was serving our breakfast with a smile. Only real bug bear for me was the breakfast time, finishing at 9.15 on New Years Day was a bit of pain, but, the staff then have to prepare the dining room for lunch and start preparation for bar lunches etc....so, I'll let them off! Enjoyable few days, in a truly beautiful part of this country! Thank you to all at Dolphin......

Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

Food grate, rooms grate , staff grate, intact everything was grate. The bars are very well run and the serlection of beers and ciders are mind blowing.had the best meals we ever had and the fish it's so
Fresh you must try it 6 types off fish one one plate !!!!.the village is so pretty and has a small stream passing though it down to the sea where the children can play in rock pools and you can hire boats to selfdrive or take a fishing trip. And it's the only hotel that's got it's own car park.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

Stayed here for one night in the family suite (two interconnecting rooms) above the Long Bar. The village is exquisite with one little street of well-preserved very old houses leading down to a lovely cove, and some nice eateries serving fresh fish. It avoids being too twee or chocolate-boxy, and has a relaxed and friendly vibe.

Dogs are allowed in this hotel, which seems common in the area, but unfortunately the rooms they had left were not allowed to have dogs, so our mutt had to sleep in the car.

The staff were friendly and though the hotel has a somewhat dated feel, we were happy with our rooms (spacious and gracious feeling with the lovely old bay windows) and the beds - really nice quality pillows and linen for example, and everything very clean. I liked being able to sit on the window seat and look out of the lovely old windows to the street of old houses below.

I love the fact that they ask you to put towels on the rail that you are willing to use again for environmental reasons - there is nothing worse than your towels being changed unnecessarily every day and your room cleaned whether it needs it or not...

We did not eat dinner in the hotel but the breakfast the next morning was extremely basic - you got the impression they used the cheapest of everything, from the orange juice and muesli to the white sliced bread - tea passable, coffee yeuch. For starters there was the said nasty muesli, a few packet cereals, two juices and tinned prunes - no yoghourt or fresh fruit. The only high point of the cooked breakfast was the smoked kipper my husband had. I wish I had skipped the breakfast altogether in the end.

Overall, felt more like a somewhat charming B&B - shame as it is a lovely old building and it could do with getting rid of all the outdated clutter and replacing with a few nice pieces of old furniture, which would surely not be too expensive to pick up, to replace the B&Q style pine furniture in the large and otherwise gracious bedrooms. Thought the bars were nice with a good atmosphere. Dining room made me seriously think of Fawlty Towers, as did the function room we had breakfast in - very dated and depressing.

At £167 for the night for two adults and two teens, I did not really consider this good value.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Fore Street, Beer, Seaton EX12 3EQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Seaton > Beer
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Beer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dolphin Hotel is an impressive historic Hotel situated in the beautiful fishing village of Beer on the Jurassic Coast. We have 22 bedrooms, a Restaurant, 2 Public Bars and a Function Room. We specialise in hearty portions of local seafood and home cooked meals. We have our OWN CAR PARK! ... more   less 
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Dolphin Hotel Beer
The Dolphin Hotel Beer, Devon

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